Pharmacy closure is bad for therapy

When a pharmacy closes, not the sometimes the patients take their heart medicines – which can have negative consequences for health.

Especially patients that all their recipes in a "Trunk Apotheke" submit or in the immediate vicinity no other pharmacy that will not take their statins, beta-blockers or anticoagulants often, if a pharmacy closes. This is a study that was published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

In the three months after the closure of pharmacies, 23.8 percent of the affected customers redeemed within the next twelve months, no prescriptions for statins, compared with 12.8 percent of the customers whose pharmacies have passed. Even among the people who had taken in the year prior to the closure of your medication very carefully, broke off 15.3 percent stop taking their statins, while their pharmacies were only 3.5 percent of the conscientious persons deeds, if available. Similar Trends were blockers beta and coagulation inhibitors observed.

"We found that the decrease in adherence to treatment in patients that bought only in a pharmacy, was almost twice as high as in the case of individuals, their medicines from several stores holten", Dima Qato, a Professor said at the UIC College of Pharmacy. "These results demonstrate that pharmacy closures contribute to non-adherence to therapies, even in the case of the older Insured."

The researchers evaluated data from more than three million adults over the age of 50 years, cashed between 2011 and 2016, at least one prescription for statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants in a retail pharmacy,. They compared the prescription of drugs of about 93,000 people had submitted a recipe in a later, closed pharmacy, with those of persons whose pharmacy.